Safer Transport Northumbria Lead - Office of the Police Crime and Commissioner

Vacancy Type
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner Staff
Area Command / Department
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
North Tyneside
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
Salary Range
£37,134 to £40,662
Closing Date


Vacancy Type: Fixed term.

Rank/Grade: I

Location: Balliol Business Park, Benton Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne and home working

Contract Type: Fixed term until 31st December 2022 

Hours: 37hrs per week 

Closing Date: Sunday 5th December 2021

Interview Date – Thursday 9th December 2021


The role:



This is a vital role within the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to support Kim McGuinness to deliver her vision and aspirations as outlined in the Police and Crime Plan. 

The successful candidate will lead the set-up and project management of the Safer Transport Northumbria Project, building on the foundations of multi-agency approaches to tackling VAWG, crime and ASB.   


Role summary

The Safer Transport Northumbria Lead will project manage all aspects of multi-agency implementation and this will include, but is not limited to; contract management; chairing relevant stakeholder meetings; working with the Home Office appointed independent evaluator; overseeing performance; managing the Safer Transport Northumbria budget; overseeing delivery of the grant agreement including reporting on progress to the Home Office and partners; and acting as the key link between the OPCC, the local and national transport providers, Northumbria Police, and other key stakeholders.


Working for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, this role will work closely with Northumbria Police ensuring that the project is embedded into the existing processes and is given a high level of focus and buy in from key stakeholders.  The post holder will also work closely with the specialist VAWG networks and transport providers in Northumbria building relationships, encouraging collaboration and a strategic change to address VAWG crime types which occur on public transport.


The role will also facilitate information and intelligence sharing across all partners, identifying emerging trends and themes and directing flexible resources accordingly.  The post holder will work with key partners looking at safety strategies and policies with a VAWG lens, ensuring they are fit for purpose and address the VAWG crime types; alternatively, highlighting gaps and solutions to bring them to an acceptable standard. 


The Safer Transport Northumbria Lead will lead on the development of a Northumbria-wide Crime and Security Plan for Public Transport.


What will I be doing?

Strategic oversight, preparation and governance

Develop and oversee a SMART Safer Transport Northumbria (STN) Implementation Plan and Risk Plan to ensure an audit trail of events and actions and to manage risk

Identify the key roles and responsibilities of the STN delivery partners and key stakeholders.

Identify potential STN champions from delivery partners, appropriate local agencies and services to help advocate for this project.

Ensure delivery partners and appropriate agencies are signed up to STN information sharing protocols 

Work with delivery partners, service providers and local partners to help resolve any issues around set-up and delivery 

Advocate for the STN project and ensure engagement / sponsorship from senior leaders in the Police and key stakeholders on behalf of the OPCC

Take a lead establishing the best governance fit for STN within existing local governance structures in collaboration with the OPCC, Police, delivery partners and local stakeholders.

Shaping local and national policy to deliver against the project vision and the key priorities in the Police and Crime Plan with a focus on a public health approach.

Compile responses to key national consultations relevant to the project area in line with the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan to support lobbying for changes to national policy. 

Management of the Safer Transport Northumbria Analyst.

Undertake critical analysis and troubleshoot VAWG and community safety issues linked to public transport with partners and key stakeholders, based on an assessment of quantitative and qualitative evidence. 


Contracting, reporting and budget management

Lead on all aspects of STN commissioning and contract management of the delivery partners and local service providers, establishing appropriate mechanisms to manage the agreements, including performance management responsibilities.

Ensure compliance with the Home Office grant agreement and OPCC commissioning procedures. 

Manage the project budget and hold regular meetings with the delivery partners and key stakeholders to ensure spend is maximised 

Lead on the production of monitoring reports, including measures of outputs and outcomes for performance and quality monitoring including audit requirements 

Implementation and ongoing oversight

Act as the main co-ordinator between the police, delivery partners and key stakeholders to support the smooth implementation of STN

Support the STN delivery partners to identify and resolve issues that may impact on project delivery and identify areas where delivery could be improved, using monthly updates and performance reviewing sessions to assist.

Set up and chair working groups overseeing the operation of STN.


Evaluation and exit plans

Work with the Home Office appointed independent evaluator for the Safer Streets Fund, Round 3

Act as the key contact for the evaluator providing support in accessing delivery partners, key stakeholders and data needed to inform the evaluation.

Lead on the development of an exit strategy / plan for longer-term sustainable funding should the early findings of the evaluation provide positive. 


What do I need?

Required knowledge, skills and abilities

Must have excellent communication/interpersonal and collaboration skills and an ability to communicate, build relationships; influence stakeholders around common goals, and negotiate with delivery partners, service providers and stakeholders

Must have the ability to handle complex information and be able to present it in a simple fashion to a wide range of stakeholders

Must have experience of managing work with people and agencies across multiple sites;

Must have proven experience of setting up and delivering projects within timescales alongside the ability to remove barriers to delivery and provide recommendations on implementation planning

IT skills, including use of Microsoft Office

Must hold a degree or have substantial experience of working in a community safety multi-agency context 

Must have good understanding of VAWG and ideally have experience of working with this sector.

Must have comprehensive contract / project / programme management experience including developing and commissioning services and overseeing delivery of those services

Must have proven experience of working in a pressured environment to tight timescales

Must have proven experience of managing budgets for complex projects including reporting to external funders and stakeholders in line with grant agreements


Desirable Criteria

Good understanding of the role of Police & Crime Commissioners and the priorities of the Northumbria Commissioner.

The flexibility to work additional / out of hours as necessary to fulfil requirements of the role and meet the business needs.

Should have an understanding of the public health approach and how interventions can be delivered at population level, targeting resources effectively through increased understanding of the population.

Should have an excellent understanding of the local landscape and governance structures.


The post-holder may be required to undertake such other responsibilities as are reasonably commensurate with the grade of the post.


For further information please see attached link: Job Description.pdf


Vetting level: 

Recruitment Vetting (RV) 

Applicants must be a resident of the UK for a minimum period of 3 years to ensure vetting checks can be successfully performed.  A job offer will be dependent upon vetting clearance, medical information and references. 


If you have any queries with regard to the application process please contact the Talent Acquisition Team by email at


All staff including those appointed on fixed term contracts must successfully complete their probationary period before they are eligible to apply for a Northumbria Police vacancy.


Vacancy Contact:  To discuss the position in more detail please contact Tracy McCann, Commissioning and Policy manager by email at


The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria fully supports a policy of equal opportunities and we welcome applications from suitably qualified people from all sections of the community, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. Appointments are based on merit alone